in which the month ends // september + august 2015

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here’s an up to date wrap up. proud of me yet?
 
i didn’t write an august wrap up for a couple of invalid reasons (procrastination, mostly) and for a couple of valid ones (exhaustion, school, family).
 
unfortunately, i didn’t remember anything in august except it was a month of  “doing nothing” for me. i was far away from my usual goals, didn’t do my habits and my progress in writing my novel was shorter than my pinky finger. i’m not sure how this happened but it did.
 
come september, i still have those negative habits with me. after my birthday (sept 17 anyone??) and MIBF (my post is coming up soon!) i decided to go back to my usual habits and then i became productive again. yaaaaay!
 
anyway, enough talking. here’s what happened in august and september!

in which i show you the books

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in which i show you a detailed version

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki // Adult Fiction, Culture: Japan (review)
long story short: before our main character kills herself, she plans to write about her Buddhist grandmother
rating: (4.5)
 
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan // Adult Magical Realism (review)
long story short: a guy finds this bookstore and the books there are magical
rating: 
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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd // Graphic Novel
long story short: in an alternate universe, England was taken over by fascism.
rating: 
 
And Then There Were None by Agatha Cristie // Adult Crime
long story short: 10 people are in an island, one by one, they are killed
rating:  (4.5)
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The Humans by Matt Haig // Adult Science Fiction
long story short: an alien comes to Earth for an important mission. although, he has to disguise as a human. soon, he learns why humans are such beautiful and terrible creatures.
rating: 
 
Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden // Nonfiction (review)
long story short: a story about a North Korean who flees his country
rating: 
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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan & John Rocco (illustrator) // Greek Mythology, Middle Grade
long story short: a funny guy tells you the greek myths in an understandable way
rating: (3.5)

in which i blogged

4 POSTS EACH MONTH HELL YEAH (although most were scheduled BUTS STILL)


in which there are random topics

okay, maybe i went overboard with the Syrian problems but GUYS! that picture of the Syrian boy really made my heart shatter into a million pieces.


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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in which the month ends // july 2015 + august goals

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if you’re wondering, yes, i am still alive.

i have somone -rather a lot of someone’s – to blame. they are called school. my school likes to burden their students with projects just one week before their exams. isn’t that wonderful?
i did not have time to sleep much less blog – i’m working on that now, time management or whatever – so that explains the lack of posts.
but let’s stop talking about me and let’s get on with the books!

in which i show you the books:
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in which i show you a detailed version:

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Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel // Apocalyptic 
long story short: a huge plague kills 99.99% of the population. there’s also this actor who has a large part of the story (although idk why).
rating: 
Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman // Short Story, Story Book
long story short: lots of adventure
rating: 
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The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey //  Zombie Apocalypse 
long story short:
“Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.”
rating: 
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey // Magical Realism
long story short: a childless couple makes a child out of snow. the next day, they see a kid running through the woods.
rating: 
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14 by Manix Abrera // Philippine Mythology
long story short: a graphic novel without any words, philippine mythological beings have a story to tell
rating: 

  in which i blogged

one post and it was scheduled a long time ago. i will stop talking about this now.

in which the world has news


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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in which i acquire books // june 2015

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i have acquired five books. also: cat.

if you have been a Random Reader for a while now, you would know that most of my book hauls are possible due to my sister. basically? she buys me books. she’s the best and you and i know that.

i haven’t done a book haul for AGES! it feels so good to show off my books and cat  and talk about them. guys, these books are MINE. i can read them and NOT RETURN THEM. i can have them FOREVER. hell yeah. 

anyway, BOOKS.


in which i show you my books

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in which i show you a more detailed version

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // Science Fiction Adult
long story short: rich guy has no children. rich guy dies. rich guy leaves a bunch of clues and a contest happen. video games in which i have no idea are.
opinion:  i already read this book and what can i say? the world blew my mind. all the others didn’t. characters? nope. writing? are you kidding me? no.

i enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars (that’s high, yo) the flaws were not major (at least to me). i’ll have my review up on GR so stay tuned for that. 

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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay // High Fantasy Adult
long story short:  the king is a crappy king and some guys and gals try to set things right.
opinion: AN ADULT FANTASY BOOK. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? i rarely see adult fantasy books and when i saw this have a 4.12 rating on GR, i was sold. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel // Post Apocolyptic Adult
long story short: there’s some actors from Hollywood and um … gah, okay, again, that’s all i know. i like to go through books blind.
opinion: have not read yet but im going to expect some exciting crap.

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My Name Is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner // Historical Fiction Adult
long story short: AMERICAN REVOLUTION. PIRATES.
opinon: PIRATES. PIRATES. PIRATES. who the hell wouldn’t want to read this??  (also: Nancy Turner? William Turner? that guy in Pirates of the Carribean? coincedence? i think not.)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton // Historical Fiction Adult
long story short: there’s this minaturist. and something happens. lol, idk.
opinion: none. i havent read this book, just like evey other book in this haul, but im expecting it to blow my mind, capture my heart and all those sweet, cool other stuff.  


thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you sister for giving me this beautiful books. i will treasure them in my heart. 

that’s my wonderful book haul! thank you for reading and um, bye! 

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june 19th – 25th 2015 // book blogger hop

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer from Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended December 31, 2012. the hop’s purpose to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog. it is now continued by Coffee Addicted Writer

how many posts do you publisher per week? and how many of them are reviews? 

AHHAAHHAHAHA! that’s so funny, oh my,
 
what? that’s not a joke? you’re kidding, right?
 
*sigh* fine. i should stop embarrassing myself.
 
how many posts do i publish a week? hmmmm, maybe, let me see … about one. usually, none.
 
i post about once a week, as said in my About the Blog, but let’s be honest with ourselves here. i know you haven’t gotten an email about me publishing a new post. i know my stats page have decreased so low i’m a little bit scared. i know your eyes go wide when you see my blog gets updated.
 
and you know what? i have no problem about that.
 
i see so much bloggers get so disappointed with themselves when they only publish seven post in one month. on the other hand, i get so happy with my productivity when i publish three. and that’s perfectly fine with me.
 
i see no mistake on not publishing as much as others. i have other priorities to get to (yeah right) and blogging isn’t my main. i don’t want to keep pushing myself to blog forty million posts because that would only result to me getting stressed. and do you know what happens when i get stressed? NOTHING. no productivity, no words, no posts. i think that’s pretty much worse than three posts.
 
i only post reviews whenever i have nothing to post. my book reviews are the least viewed, sadly now i thought that i was getting better to review.

i am loving this hop and i can’t wait to write more! school is just getting out of the way.
thank you for reading and um, bye!

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odelia reviews: the storied life of aj fikry by gabrielle zevin

The Storied Life of AJ Fikry
by Gabrielle Zevin
Standalone
Adult // Books about Books
★★★★ (4.36)
Goodreads

(from my rating system: usually the books i wished i liked more. it had some events/ characters that really irritated me.)

“The most annoying thing about it is that once a person gives a shit about one thing, he finds he has to start giving a shit about everything.”

I have never understood why people neglect a book’s value, its importance. Why do people treat books as dirt when they haven’t even read one before? Why do people brush off books as nothing? And most importantly: Why do people insult readers? People think readers are wasting their time. Some people laugh at them just because they adore the written word. Why is that such a bad thing?

I guess the reason for me ranting is because of this book. Whenever I look at it, or when people mention it, I remember this tale about a irascible bookseller and how he came to know love, not just in books but in people. I remember this quirky tale about a guy who appreciates books.

I didn’t write a lot of notes – why me why – so I forgot what happened in this book. But I do remember this: I loved the book. I didn’t love it enough to give it 5 stars, maybe because of some character flaws and confusing parts but I still admire this book. I still treasure the book deeply in my heart and I know that I will not forget it.

“A question I’ve thought about a great deal is why it is so much easier to write about the things we dislike/hate/acknowledge to be flawed than the things we love.”

Maybe that’s why I had a hard time explaining this.

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odelia reviews: miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children by ransom riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
1/3 of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
YA Fantasy
★★★★ [4.33]
Goodreads

(from my rating system: usually the books i wished i liked more. it had some events/ characters that really irritated me.)

This is not horror.
I repeat: This is not horror. Get it?

Just so everyone knows: This. Is. Not. Horror. It’s not scary. Fine, the pictures are creepy but aside from that, it’s just a well-written fantasy novel.

Actually, no. It’s not just a well-written fantasy novel. It’s an extremely well written fantasy novel that has epic (and real) pictures. Have you even seen the pictures?! They are creepy yet so … mysterious. It makes you wonder what is the real story behind them.

Okay, let’s talk about the romance. Almost every YA book I’ve read has romance, why would this be an exception? It isn’t. Thereis romance in this book, but quite … disturbing. Obviously his love interest would be Emma. But consider this: <SPOILER>[Emma was Jacob’s grandfather’s lover. So… Jacob would be technically dating his grandfather’s ex. Okay then. But is Emma actually in love with Jacob for being himself or for being her old lover’s grandchild?]</SPOILER> Also, instalove, why must you appear everywhere?

Anyway,

Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children? More like “Mister Riggs made my self-esteem fly out the window by his writing.”

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

I was also terribly confused with the loop parts. I needed to reread the paragraph again and again but I still didn’t get the full grasp of it. I only started understanding it fully, maybe, halfway through the book.

This might sound like a negative review, but hey. Look at my rating. That is high. I think what won me over was the characters. I love how Enoch irritated everyone, how Olive was such a cutie and how Bronwyn was the epitome of sweetness.

Over-all, I enjoyed this. I don’t think my time was wasted whatsoever.

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